Monday, December 31, 2012
Yesterday I had some time to myself and decided to experiment with all that frozen Kale I have in the freezer. Up until now I've only put it in my veggie juice drink.
I have a lot of packages in my freezer as I grew two seed packages last summer. Not really knowing much about kale I wanted to do as many experiments as possible last fall. So I froze some of the kale after just washing it. Then I blanched some of it and packaged it that way. I also took some and juiced it and put it in ice cube trays and froze it that way.
Now that it's almost January and I haven't been using it up as fast as I had wanted to...well it was a good day for experiments.
First I took some kale out and thawed it. It was the kale that had been washed and then froze. I wanted to know if it made kale chips as well as fresh kale did. And It came out just fine. I'm bringing them to work with me tonight.
Then my cousin had sent me a recipe from a copycat site on some soup that Olive Garden makes. It did look good but loaded with calories. I googled it and found a healthier version and made it even healthier buy adding chicken instead of sausage and that was a hit also.
I took my hand processor and puree'd my half and left my D.H. half with chunks in it as that is how he likes his soup. The calorie count came in at 202 per very thick cup. One could easily add 4 more cups of water to thin it down and it would still be hardy.
I also made my sloppy joes with zucchini and onion in it which I like so well. I thought...why not add kale? So I did and that also turned out well. I love that I was able to sneak all this kale into my favorite low calorie foods.
So in a nutshell: once thawed out frozen kale taste just fine and functions very much like fresh. So dig in those freezers or plan your next garden with lots of kale. It's so good for you.
Have a great New Year.